Propellant, Airbag Hybrid Auto Inflator, Simulated


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a sample cast (also called a grain) of a simulated solid propellant used in an automobile airbag inflator. The Atlantic Research Corporation, an established maker of small-scale solid propellant rocket motors for civilian and defense applications, entered this niche automotive market to spinoff some of its core propulsion technologies.

Transferred to NASM from the Atlantic Research Corporation.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Atlantic Research Corporation

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall, rubber


2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 2.5 × 17.1cm (1 in. × 6 3/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum



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